Even though Coke Studio signed off last month, many would still remember drummer Aahad Nayani whose curls were an object of fascination as he hammered away at his instrument. Aahad, who has garnered much acclaim ever since he was spotted by Strings, now joins the big guns at events like panel discussions on the future of music in Pakistan.

Performing internationally in cities like San Francisco, Boston, New York, Houston, Dallas, Canada and India, Aahad makes sure his audience is left bewildered when he comes to the solo.

To know just a bit about Aahad, we asked him five questions and here is what he had to say:

1. What is the most difficult aspect of your profession?

Aahad Nayani (AN): Rudiments are one of the most important aspects of drumming. They are the building blocks to every drum beat, pattern, fill, and solo.

2. What do you think is your best/worst feature/quality?

AN: Smile (that's what people say). My nose and how I give my time to practice.

Aahad teaches basic drumming to participants from audience — Photo by Zoya Anwer
Aahad teaches basic drumming to participants from audience — Photo by Zoya Anwer

3. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

AN: My biggest achievement has to be playing at Berkeley performance centre since I had always dreamt of studying music there.

4. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

AN: I would love to wake up with a mix of Vinnie Colaiuta's, Matt Garstka's, Marco minnemann's and Thomas pridgen's drumming ability. Woah, that would actually be epic!

5. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

AN: If I'll be playing in Coke Studio 9 or not. Hahahaha.

Aahad Nayani is just spectacular with drums. — Photo by Zoya Anwer
Aahad Nayani is just spectacular with drums. — Photo by Zoya Anwer

It's too early to see what the crystal ball holds for him, but anyone who hasn't heard Aahad's solo needs to hear it once for a memorable drumming experience.

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